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MBIE November 2020 Building Code Update
After consulting with the sector earlier in the year about proposed changes to the Building Code and analysing feedback that was received, MBIE has decided to proceed with the majority of proposed changes, with some minor amendments.
The improvements to the Building Code include changes to fire safety requirements and surface water drainage, as well as improvements to waterproofing in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.
The main changes include:
• providing a new Acceptable Solution for the design and installation of stormwater drainage systems
• introducing a new Acceptable Solution for waterproofing in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries
Following feedback from the consultation, there was some concern about the fire testing protocols for cladding systems and the proposed changes to facilitate firefighting operations.
As a result of these concerns, we have decided that we need to gather more evidence before requiring full scale testing for buildings in the 10-25 metre height range.
BRANZ is conducting some research in this area to help inform MBIE's decisions about how to proceed. In the meantime, MBIE will update the Cladding Guidance document released in 2019 to align with the requirements in the Acceptable Solution and Verification Method.
MBIE will also be undertaking work with the sector to resolve comments on the facilitation of firefighting operations.
Existing Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods will remain in force until 4 November 2021, a period of 12 months. This transition period is longer than the 4 months proposed during consultation. The timing is consistent with MBIE's new Building Code update schedule, where updates will be published in November each year, as previously announced.
Continuing to improve the Building Code
Moving forward, MBIE will be updating Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods once a year, with the next consultation opening Monday, 5 April 2021 and running for 8 weeks.
Prime Minister Announces New Cabinet
Building and Construction gets a new minister. Hon. Poto Williams is the new Minister for Building and Construction. She hails from Christchurch and has been a member of Parliament for the New Zealand Labour Party since 2013. The Building Officials Institute of New Zealand welcomes the chance to work with her.
See the full list of ministers here.
Hon. Poto Williams
Schedule 1 Exemptions
The Institute recommends that all work under the new Schedule 1 Exemptions be undertaken with careful planning and consultation with appropriate parties to avoid unintended consequences.
Please read below:
Building work that does not require a building consent must still comply with the building Code and other legislative requirements, such as the District Plan, Electricity Act and Health and Safety at Work Act.
It is the building owner's responsibility to check whether a building consent is required. If the work that you are planning to carry out falls outside of the specified requirements, you will need to get a building consent. If you're not sure if you need consent contact the building services staff at Council.
Knauf moved to acquire Borals 50% share in USG Boral
Facilities Management Diploma in New Zealand
Massey University, in collaboration with The Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ), has launched New Zealand's first entry-level university qualifications in respect of facilities management.
The Diploma in Facilities Management (DipFM) is geared towards providing school leavers and junior level FM professionals, with fundamental knowledge, while the new Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management (GradDipFM) allows for progression into more senior leadership roles.
Both are eight credit courses which can be completed in one year of full-time study, via on-campus or distance learning. The course can also be taken part-time. There is an option to exit the course with a Certificate/Graduate Certificate level on completion of four papers.
For more information on the Diplomas, please visit the webpage for Massey University.
ACRS verifies steel from source to site via unique 2-stage process
Ensuring that the construction steels used on Australian and New Zealand prpjects conform with relevant Australian and New Zealand requirements - irrespective of country of origin - is of paramount importance.
Notwithstanding potential issues that can result from use of non-conforming construction steels, strict 'chain of responsibility' legislation, wider scrutiny and increasing litigation, accepting materials that don't conform with all of the relevant Standards and Codes is an unnecessary risk for engineers, specifiers, suppliers, builders and ultimately, the public.
Using suppliers holding ACRS Stage 2 certification remains the only demonstrably effective certification pathway to manage project risk from finished steels not covered by ACRS certification.
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MATES in Construction
This week is New Zealand's Mental Health Awareness week.
MATES will be on the road through to the end of November, you can check out a full list of destinations below.
Tag them in and use the #MATESroadtrip2020To check out destinations and register click here.
COVID-19 Update for Level 1
On Monday 21st September, the Government has announced changes to the COVID-19 alert levels.- Auckland will remain at alert level 2 - with restrictions on gatherings easing, from 11:59 pm on Wednesday 23 September
- The rest of the nation is now at alert level 1
- stay at home if sick
- get tested if you display symptoms
- wash your hands frequently
- use the tracing app to keep track of where you've been
National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020
The National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 came into effect on 20 August 2020. It replaced the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016.
You can find the Policies here:
National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD 2020) which took effect on 20 August 2020.
National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 (NPS-UDC 2016) which was in effect until 20 August 2020.
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For more information go to webpage Ministry for the Environment.
COVID-19 Checklists for Levels 2 and 3
With the rules around social gathering and the need to be vigilant in respect of health and safety, the Institute has been supportive of CHASNZ and other organisations in the development of a set of site checklists under Alert Levels 2 and 3.
They are extremely useful tools for industry in the current climate and we support you being aware of them as they set a very sound industry expectation which should be observed at every site.
Click for downloadable file for Level 2 checklist.
Click for downloadable file for Level 3 checklist.
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